McCarthy and Stone has submitted a full planning application to Milton Keynes Council to develop land on MKDP’s site at Hindhead Knoll, Walnut Tree with new Retirement Living accommodation. McCarthy and Stone was chosen as MKDP’s preferred development partner for this residential site after a competitive tender process earlier this year.
The submitted plans would see the site developed with 35 Retirement Living apartments for private sale, along with 15 age-specific apartments which will likely be available for shared ownership. 38 on-site car parking spaces will be provided, including 10 for the affordable apartments.
The plans also feature tailored communal facilities for the private apartments, including a Homeowners’ Lounge, guest suite and mobility scooter storage with charging points. There will be significant landscaping around the site, while the site is also in close proximity to local open green spaces.
To give the local community the opportunity to view the proposals before an application was submitted, McCarthy and Stone held a public exhibition in April 2018 to which approximately 2,000 Walnut Tree households and businesses were invited to attend. 73% of the feedback received during its consultation with the community expressed support for McCarthy and Stone’s proposals.
Andrew Wickett, Deputy Regional Managing Director of McCarthy and Stone, commented:
“We are pleased to announce that McCarthy and Stone has now submitted a planning application for this site. We have worked closely with MKDP to ensure that this proposal is right for Walnut Tree.
“We are pleased that the feedback received at our public exhibition was so positive, with considerable support for specialised Retirement Living accommodation in the area.
“By bringing this vacant site into use, our submitted plans will help address a shortage of specialist housing for older people in the Milton Keynes area.”
Peter Molloy from MKDP said:“McCarthy and Stone bid competitively on the open market for this site (via a tendering process) with proposals that addressed the opportunities and constraints of initial pre-app planning guidance which MKDP has in place for sites it sells. With an ageing population, MK – like the rest of the UK – has a need for age targeted housing. Progressing the site’s disposal with McCarthy and Stone satisfies a number of requirements MKDP has in terms of land disposal and housing mix. We look forward to the planning and sale process concluding in the coming months.”